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IT’S REALLY COMPLICATED: A Closer Look at Queer Domestic Violence

In a continued effort to raise awareness and increase representation of LGBTQI+ issues in Botswana media, local blogger and creative director Tanlume Enyatseng has debuted a photo series on his website bananaemoji.com titled ‘Its Really Complicated’. The series of images explores the rarely spoken about domestic violence amongst gay men with a one-line description, stating; “Why didn’t you just punch him back?”

The photo series aims to promote the appreciation of LGBTQ+ cultural issues, to be believed, taken seriously, decrease stereotypes and hopefully incite appropriate help, counseling, and intervention from both law enforcement and the community.

Speaking on the body of work, the photo series’ creative director Tanlume Enyatseng said, “Being gay, you face the risk of the same types of abuse in your relationship as others do in theirs. It could be harder to deal with considering you may feel even more ashamed or embarrassed, especially if you are struggling with your sexual orientation or gender identity. Gay men in abusive relationships may fear outing themselves, or their partners, if they tell someone about the abuse. There is also a lot of fear that no one will believe them because the thought of one man abusing another is still taboo. One may suggest ‘why didn’t you just punch him back?’. With this photo series we set out to shed a light on a prevalent issue that not many wish to discuss to hopefully start a conversation around these toxic behaviours.”

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